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Creative ways to Cook Liver

Updated on November 26, 2014

Or How to Make Children Enjoy Liver

Rule One : Never tell children it's liver!

My kids ate liver for years without ever knowing, I would just disguise a liver dish and call it another name. I don't know why children take a dislike to it without ever trying a mouthful, surely we've been eating liver for a million years?

Over the years I developed numerous ways of cooking liver so that the end product in no way resembled the raw beginning. Here are some of my successful recipes.

I call them Creative Liver Cook-ups.

Susanna Duffy

A name for your creative liver cook-up

Use another language

Let's face it. The word liver doesn't inspire much confidence. French, for some reason, adds a touch of glamour to any recipe and you can use the word foie instead.

But why stick with French? What about Leberrezept Zest? Does that sound tastier than Fegato Surprise?

Or go for a combination of Superhero or Barbie names. Along the lines of Aurora's Afternoon Tea, Captain Marvel Mash, whatever your child's favourite character happens to be.

Liver and Apple Juice

An incredible disguise!

  • Chop up a couple of carrots
  • Slice the liver up into flat pieces. You can slice it into strips if you like.
  • Quickly brown the pieces in a little butter.
  • Stir up the juices left in the pan in a little water. Put the slices back in the pan.
  • Cover with apple juice
  • Add the carrots
  • Turn the pan down low and simmer for 20 minutes or so. Add more apple juice when necessary.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

I make this for adults too. It goes down really well when I use a crisp chardonnay instead of apple juice. For serving to friends, use 2 cups of white wine, chicken stock for extra liquid and some sliced onions in the pan.

Susanna Duffy

Liver and Tomatoes

Plate of the Day

This is basically the same thing as liver in apple juice. Use some finely sliced onion strips, and a can of tomatoes and tblspoon of tomato paste instead of the juice. Kids like colour in their food.

Serve with fresh basil or flat leaf parsely

Liver with Orange

They'll never ever know!


2 Onions

2 cups chicken stock

2 tsp spoons dark soft brown sugar

flour for coating the sliced liver

2 oranges, peeled, pips removed and sliced into rings

juice of an orange.

  • Toss onions in a pan until golden.
  • Coat the liver slices in seasoned flour.
  • Add to the pan, brown gently and gradually stir in the chicken stock.
  • Add the sugar and bring just to the boil, stirring constantly.
  • Lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes or so.
  • Add the orange rings and orange juice for the last 5 minutes.

Creamy Tagliatelle - Does it look like Liver?

Disguise reigns supreme when it comes to liver.

Pork Liver Pate

Invite Dora to Dinner - Serve up on a Dora dish

Dora the Explorer has exciting things for dinner!

My granddaughter is keen on Dora the Explorer - this dinner set brings Dora to the table

Call your creative liver cook-up Dora's Delight or even Dora's Delectables. What about Dora's Dreamy Dinner?

Sit down with Superman for Supper

Your son prefers Superman? No worries.

Serve your Creative Liver Cook-up with the style of a Superhero

He'll be superbly strong himself after a meal of kryptonite-smashing superfood

What's Cooking in My Kitchen?
I'm happy to spend time in my kitchen. I have good appliances, a trusty gas cooker, sharp knives and lots of light. I keep my pantry stocked with the basics...

How about you?

How do you cook liver?

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Hope these quick recipes give you an idea of the many things you can do with liver

© 2009 Susanna Duffy

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      Great ideas, many people think of liver, brains and lambs fry as offal. My dad and I loved lambs fry. Will have to try these.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Used to like it as a child. But just not a taste I really miss these days, haven't had it in years

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      well these do sound good, but I just can't do liver. the idea that it sops up all the toxicity in your body just makes me not want to eat it.

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      Vladimir 4 years ago from Australia

      I like mine just seared a little so it's not too chilled to eat. Or raw, at room temperature, finely chopped

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      I am 65 now and have liked liver ever since I can remember. My husband and I don't cook it much at home because we save that dish when we eat out. When we eat out, one of us will order liver, and then the other will order something that we don't cook at home very much.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      As a child and an adult (before I went Veg 13 years ago) I always adored calves liver fried with onions and brown gravy... served with potatoes... very Danish, very rich, and a taste sensation

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      CoolKarma 5 years ago

      I must have been a rather odd child, since I always absolutely adored liver. Though I don't eat much meat these days.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thanks for the tip of not ever telling the real name of the food to my child. Maybe this is where I made my mistake. It never occurred to me, all those many years of child raising, to fib! But why not? It is for a worthy cause! After all, we fib constantly about Santa and the Easter Bunny. Just tell her the name of this dish is Mario Mash Up! Of course! I'm going to try it. She's so picky, but it might just work! Fingers crossed!

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      I love liver and will try some of your recipes. I love it plain pan fried with onions. I'm always amazed that my friends who say they hate liver and so tell me that they love my chicken liver pate!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I would never have thought of cooking liver in a fruit juice but it does make sense that it would disguise the taste. Liver seems to be one of those foods that you either love or hate. I just never could develop a taste for liver and I tried.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      I love your rule #1 Never tell them it's liver :) Recently I wanted to make it for my grandkids, but like you said, they automatically said they didn't like it, yet I am sure they never tried it before., but strange LOL :) Great ways to hide the liver, I will try this next time.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I love liver of many kinds. Thanks for some new suggestions.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Chopped up with bacon and kidney. Fry in gravy. Serve with mashed potato. The only way :-)

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      seabreezes 5 years ago

      I really like liver but I like to cook it in different ways. I actually have had people who hate liver ask for second portions. I am happy to find even more way to cook it. Great lens!

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Being a hicld at heart...if not in age, I'm not a big fan of liver but these recipes sound great. Back here, I don't mind digging into a spicy liver curry from time to time.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I ate liver as a child because I HAD to but it's on the top of my list of things I don't generally eat; however, you do offer some creative ways to cook and eat liver so you never know!

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      WNJ631 LM 5 years ago

      Rule one was very funny ; ) i've actually had "it" before... but I just don't want to know!!!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Don't think anyone can disguise it enough to fool me or get me to eat it. Yuck! You can have my share.

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      samsipet 5 years ago

      I like to leave liver in milk for few hours for marination before cooking it...but you certainly gave me a lot of great new ideas.

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      helpmeetingneeds 6 years ago

      The doctor said that I am supposed to eat liver, but I hated it until I saw your site. Thanks.

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      Kowgirl 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I love the old timeless recipe of fried liver and sauteed onions. Haven't tried it any other way but I will now that I have more ways to cook it. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Mmmm, now I do love liver, but I always seem to have had it with onions anad perhaps a little bacon. These recipes are going to be used to explore some more ways of serving it. Thanks for some great ideas. Blessed

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      VigilantChef LM 6 years ago

      My favorite superfood!

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I saw a MD who recovered from a serious case of MS by eating a paleo diet - one facet of it was to eat some kind of organ meat once a week. Your recipes are very ingenious, I am definitely going to try them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      feeling hungry ..........

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      I love liver. People used to wrinkle their noses when I told them that or if I ordered it at a restaurant. My husband says he doesn't like it and won't even taste it, although he loves cold "chopped liver." Go figure. It's hilarious that you didn't tell your kids it was liver. I laughed out loud when I read that! Perhaps I can try that will my husband. Liver with orange looks great!

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      tangy 6 years ago

      at our place we cook liver in lots of spices, and it surely becomes a favorite to eat!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: You are funny, and both these comments made me smile!! :)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I LOVED liver as a little kid, but don't like it much anymore. My hubby, however really loves it, and since I don't cook it (although your ideas here are excellent), he orders it when we're at a diner. Blessings to you for a most unusual (and fun, as usual) lens! :)

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @SecondHandJoe LM: I should change my socks

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      SecondHandJoe LM 6 years ago

      Your lenses are always delicious and leave a funny smell in the room! lol

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      I'm not crazy about liver, I used to like it smothered in gravy and onions when my grandmother made it. Congrats on this lens making the font page of Squidoo this week! Best Wishes.

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      getopinion 6 years ago's so delicious, need to go grocery shopping

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      This is something I could try.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Very creative ideas for getting children to eat liver, and the recipes are great. Thanks for sharing this, I love it!

      I didn't see a voting choice for my favorite way to cook/eat liver so I chose "exotic". My favorites are fried and/or smothered in tons and tons of onion and garlic.

      Just stopping by to say Hello and Congratulations on making âPopular Pages â featured Lensesâ. TerrificHonor!

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      I have never tried cooking with liver. But now I might just have to give it a go.

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      Jeff Johnston 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      The how do you cook liver leaves out my fav.... Liver fried with onions :D... one of my favourite dishes of all times.

      I do disagree with the tricking kids into eating liver though, never liked that tactic, and have never used it with my daughter who will try any food once without complaint. For me I've always just never given her a choice not to try food, even things she hasn't liked in the past she HAS to try again if it is prepared differently.

      I never used to cook liver, too afraid of ruining it, but recently bought a duck to cook and it had the liver still in it, so I cooked it up and it was wonderful so now thinking I will cook more, though I am the only one in my family that enjoys liver LOL

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      You are so sneaky! It's wonderful! And it's nice to know there are so many liver lovers among us! :)

      Congratulations on making the front page!

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      I never understood kids aversion to liver. My siblings hated it; meant more good eats for me. ... I rarely eat liver in restaurants, but I cook it up often. ... My fave is calves liver and onions, sprinkled with chopped chicken livers. (The bird parts should be fried in a separate skillet.)

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      rottenpixies 6 years ago

      Great lens! I am a chef my self and liver does not spark much in me for some reason. If anyone has time to check out my lens and give a thumbs up I always return the love! My Making Money Blogging Lens

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      Personally I love liver no matter how it's cooked, but these recipes are great ideas for introducing it to the more reluctant. Thanks!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I love liver with butter and lemon :) YUM! Blessed!

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      They don't like liver but they'll happily eat tomatoes???

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      Funny_Beekeeper 6 years ago

      Just had liver for yesterdays lunch. I must admit I've never tried it to cook in a different way as you mention in this lens. Here is how I do it:

      First I take one middle size onion and slice it to small pieces. Then I fry onion so it gets a nice golden color. Meanwhile I cut liver to small and not too thick pices (I like it quite thin actually). When onion starts to smell nice I add sliced liver and reduce the fire a bit so it cooks slowly. Adding marjoram, bay leaf and red bell pepper powder will make just the right taste ;) You can add nutmeg and some tomato juice aswell if you prefer...

      Water needs to be added too, but not too much as I like the sauce to be a bit more dense. Oh, and don't forget to mix! You need to repeat this last step for approx. 15 -20min untill liver are cooked enough.

      Try it and let me know how it goes ;)

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      MamaWise LM 6 years ago

      I don't need my liver disguised - I have loved eating liver since I was little! Nice lens!

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      I love your creative ways of disguising liver. I was just thinking about making liver tonite which is why i was searching for "liver". I have always eaten liver and i love liver even though my sister tries to gross me out about eating it! Great lens!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Great Lens, I have eaten liver all my life, farmers wife. But never eaten it like these recipes, would never have thought of adding sugar to it, but I like these recipes will try them out. Thanks for sharing. **Blessed*

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Wow! Love this! Makes me hungry. Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, I grew up on liver with onions and a side of home-made mashed potatoes; you made me smile when I read that your kids ate liver and never knew it because so did mine! Most people I know don't like liver, but if they have no idea what they are eating they tend to love it. Great lens!

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      You wouldn't have been able to fool me. That stuff is VILE both in taste and texture. (I'm going to try your apple juice recipe with chicken!)

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      I'm 38 and have never eaten liver. ... as far as I know.

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      mikes-cool-stuff 6 years ago

      Great lens. If anything needs creativeness it's liver. I also want to thank you for liking my two Halloween lens.

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      nickupton lm 6 years ago

      Chicken's livers stuck on skewer and barbecued are very good too.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed watching the videos. My favorite was the Live Dumplings, although it was rather disgusting every time the cook licked his fingers. That alone almost made me quit watching. Yech!

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I love just plain liver, onions and a touch of salt perfect with potatoes and salad on the side.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I used to like liver spread on crackers when I was a kid. After reading this lens, I need to revisit eating liver again.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      When I was about eight years old, the doctor told me I was super anemic. He then gave me the option of getting Vitamin B shots or learning to like liver. When my mama explained how painful the shots were and that she had seen grown men cry because of them, i determined to like liver. It took awhile, but I did learn to love liver. I shared that story with my own children and they all enjoy it as much as I do. I love the new recipes and ideas, though. Thanks so much.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting and innovative recipes! I do love liver any way it is done. :)

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      SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

      I love liver and onions but my husband like his liver rare and so we never eat it as we cannot agree how to have it.

      Great lens

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      James43302 6 years ago

      I use to love when my mom cooked fried liver and onions. Even when I was a kid I loved it. But as an adult I bought it once never got the nerve to cook it. I accidentally left it in my fridge till the bag started swelling up. I knew that was the sign of bacteria so I bagged it up and tossed it. Thankfully trash was due to be picked up the next day. I hope I get a chance to try your ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Liver with ornage and apple juice! This is new to me! Thanks.

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      Liver and onions! Yum yum yum!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very creative ways to cook liver for sure. I know not too many people would like the thought of having liver for lunch or dinner. My mom cooked yummy liver dishes when we were kids and we all loved it. So there was no disguise required. It was cooked as a curry mostly with herbs and spices. This is indeed a very unique lens. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      fruagalheart 7 years ago

      Fried liver with onions is our favorite

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      PizmoBeach LM 7 years ago

      A great lens. My husband is from Yorkshire and he is a fan of liver and bacon. I am hoping that he'll be game enough to try liver in one of the ways suggested on your lens.

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      Peter Murray 7 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

      I really enjoyed some of the liver dishes I have tried since moving to Turkey. They are many times more delicious than the liver I was forced to eat as a kid.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Very creative ways to eat liver.

      I have put it in spaghetti sauce and it was delicious.

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Awesome. You just made me hungry.

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Returned yet again !, this lens will be featured in the upcoming lens, My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Returned to Bless this lens :)

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      I have only ever done liver and bacon. Going to try these.

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      danny79 7 years ago

      BTW, I favorited this lens, so please keep on with the recipes


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      danny79 7 years ago

      It's funny, liver is not eaten by most of the world. Jewish people eat it alot.

      I love it!

      Dry it with soy sauce & onions & peppers and mushrooms on top mash potato with fried onions and mushroom - amaaaaaazing

      Becoming hungry now


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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like liver fried with onions but I would prefer these sliced thinly. But have not eaten liver for years now.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like liver fried with onions but I would prefer these sliced thinly. But have not eaten liver for years now.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've never had liver before. I smelled it once being cooked by a teacher in school. The smell wasn't too appetizing, but he didn't do anything to dress it up. I'd give it a try in one of these versions (though I have tried liverwurst - yuck!). Squid Angel blessed.

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      DustiMillerthirtyonegifts 7 years ago

      My hubby & I love liver but are always looking for new ways to cook it. You have inspired me to take some liver out of the freezer this week. Now, I just have to decide which of your recipes to try first.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have always liked liver, so you don't need to hide what it is from me! I had a friend who liked his "medium" - I don't think I could take that...

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      This makes live look tasty :) Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      caketech 7 years ago

      Liver with tomatoes and liver with orange is something that I would like to try.

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      hexagon 7 years ago

      My kids would not eat "liver", but "crisp fried monkeys with vanilla sauce" they just loved. I sliced the liver and added spice/salt/pepper, fried it. Unfortunatley for them I always "forgot" to buy vanilla sauce so they had to eat it with rice or potatoes, vegetables and gravy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love liver and onions but my kids won't touch it. Now I have lots of ideas for preparing it in new and tasty ways. I'd love to do the Marsala recipe!

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      ssuthep 7 years ago

      I only just started eating liver. Your recipes look very good.

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      KiwiGayle 7 years ago

      I love it fried with bacon and mushrooms. But mostly make a delicious indian spice recipe!

      Great lens

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      I want to leave my congratulations to this superb lens. This is one of the best lenses in squidoo that I have ever seen.

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      resabi 7 years ago

      I'm especially fond of chicken liver cooked Greek-style with lots of lemon. You're absolutely correct about the naming thing. Although I will say that when I was a kid we ate tongue (sliced, like cold-cuts) and although my parents called it tongue I never associated it with actual tongue (ok, so I was a little slow...). I admit that I haven't eaten tongue since I figured out what it was. But liver is a favorite. And your recipes sound delicious.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Oh, I will have to try your recipes. My husband and I have always loved liver, but most of our family gags at the idea. Maybe a bit of orange will reduce the smell and add flavor. I am game to try it. Congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful lens! Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Super lens to show how to cook liver! Looks delicious! Another way to disguise the liver taste is to coat the liver in lemon juice first and then roll in SOY FLOUR before saute in olive oil or safflower oil. A sprinkle of salt before serving. Tasty. Congratulations on DA Purple Star!! Well deserved.

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never seen so many good recipes for liver. We like it fried with bacon, mashed potato and thick onion gravy. It's one of our favourite meals. I think the secret is not to overcook the liver so it's dry and hard - yuk! Blessed.

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      Yeah, I love it. Never cooked it myself though. Beautiful lens, and some creative recipes here. Thanks for sharing! =)

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Some very nice recipes here, I like the one with apple and carrot. Will be writting some of these down.

      Great lens Susanna!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love liver. You've got some great suggestions here!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I like rule # 1 ha ha ha That's my motto! When they ask what it is, I just say "Food" ha ha

      This is a great lens. I really didn't think there was a creative way to make liver, but by George I think you've got it. 5******